K-12 DATA & AI

The world's first and only data science conference for K-12 students, educators, and parents

July 25, 2024 | Virtual Conference

want a headstart on the highest-paying job out of college?

Data scientist is now the highest-paying job for students graduating with a bachelor’s degree in the United States and is projected to grow from a $133.7 billion market in 2024 to a $276.18 billion market by 2029. However, experiences with data are rare in today’s K-12 classrooms and curriculum.

This conference will introduce K-12 students, educators, and parents to foundational data science concepts and examples of data science careers across industries with a combination of workshops and presentations, divided into three levels for age-appropriate content.

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Sessions for Every Age

Grades K-4

Foundational Concepts: Establish intuition and core ways of thinking about and visualizing data

Grades 5-8

Tools & Techniques: Focus on platforms and tools that support data analysis and bring insight

Grades 9-12

Becoming a Data Scientist: Learn what it takes to be a data scientist -- including skills, training and education

K-12 Educators

Who, What, When, Where, & Why: We'll incorporate presentations, panels, and other hands-on sessions that are specific to K-12 educators

meet our 2024 speakers

At DSC, we pride ourselves on hosting speakers who are real-world changemakers: the senior data leaders from Fortune 500 companies who are at the forefront of innovation.


Gain practical insights from real-world changemakers at the forefront of data innovation

JULY 25, 2024
10:15 am-10:20 amOpening Remarks - Amelia Mink, CEO & Co-Founder @ Data Science Connect
10:20 am-10:40 amData Analytics with Gen AI - Ugandhar Dasi, Principal Technology Lead @ T-Mobile US
10:20 am-10:40 amDrawing Data with Kids - Gulrez Khan, Director of Data Science @ Paypal
10:40 am-11:00 amK-12 Friendly Gen AI Tools and Creative Uses - Kelly Dowd, Director - Data Science @ AT&T
11:00 am-11:20 amDaphne Draws Data Teaching Data Literacy to Young Minds-Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic, CEO @ Storytelling with Data
11:00 am-11:20 amEmbark on Your Data Science Journey: Steps to Prepare for a Career in Data Science! - Disha An, Senior Data Scientist @ Salesloft
11:20 am-11:40 amAI in the Classroom: Defining the Rights of Parents, Students and Teachers - Michael Copass, Science Teacher, writes research articles about integrating Ai @ Tracy Unified School District
11:40 am - 12:00 pmAI and the Future of Work - Prashant Kumar, Data Scientist @ Bold
12:00 pm - 12:20 pmBuilding a Personal Brand on LinkedIn using AI - Aditya Sharma, CEO @ HiCounselor
12:00 pm - 12:20 pmMachine Learning for Teens - Corey Wade, Founder @ Berkeley Coding Academy
12:20 pm - 1:00 pmPanel Discussion: Is chatgpt cheating?
How GenAI can (and should!) transform K-12 education

Henry Clavo, Data Engineer @ Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Deborah Kariuki, Graduate Program Director MAE/Faculty-Computer Science Ed @ University of Maryland Baltimore County
Ginger Baxter, Assistant Dean Career Advancement and Student Success @ Chapman University
Taj Pirzada, Director – AI @ Nike
Sachin More, SR Engineering Manager @ Dollar General
1:00 pm - 1:20 pmIntroduction to Analytics - Alexander Baker, Senior Data Scientist @ cBEYONData
1:00 pm - 1:20 pmEmbracing Process: AI-Responsive Writing in Today's Classroom - Nicolas Potkalitsky, Ph.D., Teacher / AI Literacy Coach @ Pragmatic AI Solutions
1:20 pm - 1:40 pmFrom Data to Insights: Engaging Students with Authentic Data - Sheri Johnson, Data Science Educator @ Essential Analysis Solutions
1:20 pm - 1:40 pmData Science in Careers of the Future - Jhonathan David, President, Chief Advisor - Data Analytics & Data Science @ Xabios Data
1:40 pm - 2:20 pmStudent Panel Discussion: Internships and AI


Krish Suraparaju |SWE Intern @ Amazon
Sanjana Khajuria, Intern @ Salesforce
Akash Kura, Sales Strategy and Data Analytics Intern @ X (Twitter)
Rey Deshpande, Marketing @ Data Science Connect
2:20 pm - 2:40 pmChris Bent, Founder @ Piccles
2:20 pm - 3:00 pmPanel Discussion: DEMYSTIFYING GENAI ChatGPT, Generative AI, + LLMS: what are they?🔍 How are they changing the world?🌍
how will they evolve?🔮


Jai Prakash, Head of Insights & Data Engineering @ Pella Corporation
Anshul Jain, Head of Data Science @ Meta
Anthony DiCecco, Data and Analytics @ Chegg
Jessica Larson , Data Engineer @ Pinterest
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our 2024 EVENTS theme

fast forward

“Fast Forward” encapsulates the dual imperative in data science and AI: to accelerate innovation and adapt quickly to emerging technologies while ensuring responsible, sustainable progress.

In this era of rapid transformation, we are at a crossroads, where the pace of change is exhilarating yet demands a thoughtful approach to integration and implementation.

As we venture into this accelerated journey, we face the challenge of aligning rapid technological advances with organizational objectives, ethical considerations, and robust infrastructure. 

This theme is a call to action for pioneers and leaders to harmonize speed with caution, ensuring that each leap forward is both groundbreaking and grounded.

Join us as we explore the narratives of trailblazers who are setting the tempo for this dynamic evolution, navigating the fast lane of innovation with the wisdom to steer technology towards a future that benefits all. 

“Fast Forward” is not just about keeping pace with change but about setting the pace for the responsible, transformative future of data science and AI.